by Patrick Kavanagh
I visited the Jim Crow Creek at Strangways on Friday morning and was surprised by a Striated Pardalote that was very keen on something on the ground in front of my car. The bird eventually flew up into a small sapling next to the old railway bridge and then underneath the bridge. Several pardalotes were using this sapling as a staging post – a perfect height for the photographer to get close to them. Once I’d got onto the bridge they were happy to come and go within a couple of metres of me – sometimes less – with beaks full of nesting material that they were taking under the bridge. I wasn’t able to see exactly where the nest was.